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Old 01-18-2013, 04:41 PM   #1
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*NEWBIE ALERT* 55 Gallon Start Up

Hey guys how is everyone doing? I was going to start up a SW tank but changed plans after doing a lot of research and reading on both. Looks like the freshwater has much more to offer towards what I am looking for from this experience.

I have a tank already setup with filter, water, heater, rocks, decorations, and bubble wands(2 - 15" bubble wands and a bubbling volcano decor). I will post pics later today of the setup when I get home. The tank is full of water and all the water has been conditioned. I will be starting the fishless cycle tomorrow. I have the API Freshwater test kit and some ammonia(yes it is only ammonia and water - no detergents or anything like that). Any ideas or tips would be greatly appreciated

I will keep a journal of my "stats" and report them on here as I get them. Thanks to all the guys that have helped me out already on the SW side of the house and I really look forward to getting to know and become on of the knowledgeable "freshies" this site has to offer.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:14 PM   #2
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As promised here is a pic of the tank.

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Old 01-18-2013, 07:48 PM   #3
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Glad you got your tank up bud!! I know your stock list. I think your should post it. I personally have never keep any of the fish you have chosen. But I'm sure a few people have and they are going to be the ones to advise you best.

IMO I think you should paint the back black or get to planting!
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:53 PM   #4
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Good idea on the stock list bud so here it is:
5 - Redbreast Acara
5 - Gymno's
2 - Blue Acara
6 - Emperor Tetra
2 - Albino Bristlenose Plecos
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:14 PM   #5
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Good idea on the stock list bud so here it is:
5 - Redbreast Acara
5 - Gymno's
2 - Blue Acara
6 - Emperor Tetra
2 - Albino Bristlenose Plecos
Dude! Those are Awesome fush you havs chosen. Especially the Redbreast acara
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:22 PM   #6
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Good idea on the stock list bud so here it is:
5 - Redbreast Acara
5 - Gymno's
2 - Blue Acara
6 - Emperor Tetra
2 - Albino Bristlenose Plecos
If I may ask...whats made you pick these fish? Just curious asy I've never heard of them beforel (besides the plecos and tetras)
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:07 PM   #7
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Phishfriend guided me to a website that had "cookie cutter" builds and I really liked this one
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:53 AM   #8
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Hey bro, post your lvl's when you get your kit today.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:54 PM   #9
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I was away from the house all day starting at noonish. The fed ex guy didn't show until 5:22 so I missed the delivery and they did not leave the package bummer
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I was away from the house all day starting at noonish. The fed ex guy didn't show until 5:22 so I missed the delivery and they did not leave the package bummer
What!! That's nuts!!
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This will be the first package I will have had to "sign for" ever. Fed ex even left my Alienware computer on my doorstep. ($2000 value) but wouldn't leave my $50 tank order???? Also there was no "we missed you" sticker on the door. I will be calling fed ex tomorrow to raise the BS flag.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:05 PM   #12
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Yeah I'd be hot!
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:06 PM   #13
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Yea. My day sucked anyways so I'll be yelling at someone tomorrow
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Sry bro
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UPDATE* I spoke with fed ex and turns out the driver definitely did not even come to the house to deliver my order because the order DID NOT require a signature. However Fed Ex made it right by requiring that their local office be open all day tomorrow (MLK Day) so I can come by and get my package. They are also refunding my money that I paid for upgraded shipping and gave me a code for free overnight shipping.
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Sound like someone gets to order fish and get free shipping....LUCKY DOG!!! I swear!
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Yea I get lucky sometimes. I will be picking up the package around 4cst tomorrow so when I get home from that I will be posting the original test numbers.
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How big is your tank?

How big is your tank? From what I can tell I think it's a 55 gallon... Also I like your stock idea! Very cool fish! Also will it be planted?
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It is a 55. Thanks for the props on the stocking and yes it will be planted.
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:56 PM   #20
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Initial test results:
pH: 7.6+
Ammonia: .75 ppm
Nitrite: .25 ppm
NitrAte: 0 ppm
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